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iPhone 12 can act as 5GHz Wi-Fi hotspot, boon for 5G - AppleInsider
Apple's iPhone 12 series sports an upgraded hotspot mode that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, greatly expanding the handsets' utility amid a worldwide buildout of 5G cellular networks.
Apple's iPhone 12 series sports an upgraded hotspot mode that supports 5GHz Wi-Fi connectivity, greatly expanding the handsets' utility amid a worldwide buildout of 5G cellular networks. As noted by multiple reports on Twitter, including Zollotech's Aaron Zollo, iPhone 12 devices include the new Personal Hotspot ability that serves as an upgrade over previous iPhone models. Prior to iPhone 12, Apple's smartphone was able to connect to both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, but limited hotspot duties to the 2.4GHz band. The capability is not spelled out in Apple's marketing materials, nor is the feature explained in iOS. Zollo, however, has confirmed a new "Maximize Compatibility" option manages switching between the two bands. "Internet performance may be reduced for devices connected to your hotspot when turned on," according to the feature's description. While the disclaimer is vague, Zollo says the setting moves Personal Hotspot to the 2.4GHz band to enable compatibility with a wider array of devices. Switching the option off presumably locks iPhone 12 handsets into a 5GHz Wi-Fi mode for faster data transmission. MacRumors spotted the tweet on Monday. The addition should prove beneficial to users in areas where 5G cellular connectivity is rolling out. Currently, most locations with 5G are limited to sub-6GHz bands with speeds comparable to existing 4G LTE networks. Some urban locales, however, are getting a taste speedy mmWave bands and will be able to take advantage of iPhone 12's faster hotspot. Apple's iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max support mmWave, but only in the U.S. To enable access to the protocol, domestic iPhones integrate a special mmWave antenna window that resides in a cutout below the side button.
YouTube restricts iOS 14 picture-in-picture feature to Premium subscribers, 4K not available on tvOS 14 - AppleInsider
Google's YouTube unit appears to be restricting picture-in-picture video viewing on Apple's iOS 14 to subscribers of its Premium subscription service, while promised 4K resolution in tvOS 14 is a no-show.
Google's YouTube unit appears to be restricting picture-in-picture video viewing on Apple's iOS 14 to subscribers of its Premium subscription service, while promised 4K resolution in tvOS 14 is a no-show. Apple's iOS 14 delivers PiP video viewing to iPhone for the first time. The handy feature allows users to simultaneously watch video content, conduct FaceTime calls and more while completing tasks in other apps. Video viewing is a main use case for PiP, and YouTube is arguably the most highly trafficked destination for online content. Unfortunately, it appears that Google is gatekeeping access to the function. While the feature remains free to use on iPad (at least through Safari), the iPhone version of YouTube's app restricts PiP to YouTube Premium subscribers. Shortly after iOS 14 launched, users discovered a workaround that enabled PiP compatibility when accessing content through YouTube's website in Safari. That hole has now been closed. It's not clear if the recent change was made intentionally or is the result of a bug. As noted by MacRumors, however, PiP still works with videos that are embedded in third-party websites, suggesting YouTube actively updated its code to block the functionality. YouTube is also dragging its feet on delivering a promised update that would allow tvOS 14 users to watch content at 4K resolutions. While 4K playback was supported in pre-release beta versions of tvOS 14, the feature is currently missing. When asked about the issue on Twitter, YouTube said, "Sorry about the back and forth — jumping in to clarify that Apple TV 4K will support 4K playback soon. Stay tuned for an update here."
'iPhone 12' event announcement expected this week - AppleInsider
Another leaker is casting doubts on the possibility of an imminent hardware release, with the expected Tuesday press release predicted to just contain details of when the fall "iPhone 12" launch event will take place.
Another leaker is casting doubts on the possibility of an imminent hardware release, with the expected Tuesday press release predicted to just contain details of when the fall "iPhone 12" launch event will take place. A number of rumors have pointed to Apple holding some form of event in September, with at least one leaker claiming an event will take place during the week of September 7. Accoring to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman on Twitter, the latest murmors of an Apple press release may not necessarily be for a product launch. Posted to Twitter on Sunday, Gurman proposes people don't "get too excited about rumors of new Apple products appearing this week." Instead, he thinks its more likely to be an announcement relating to an upcoming event for the "iPhone 12" and "Apple Watch Series 6," one that will almost certainly be "virtual." I wouldn't get too excited about rumors of new Apple products appearing this week. More likely I think: an announcement of the upcoming (of course virtual) September iPhone/Apple Watch event. — Mark Gurman (@markgurman) September 6, 2020 The post follows an earlier tweet from serial leaker Jon Prosser, which claimed Apple was readying a press release for September 8, which would be published at 9 A.M Eastern time. Prosser didn't discuss on Sunday what he expected would be in the press release, but said the time could change, and that it would require the press to have been "briefed, day of" before its publication. Gurman's warning is fairly prudent, given Apple's tendency to provide at least a week's warning before holding an event surrounding a major product launch. For 2019's "By invitation only" special event for the iPhone 11, Apple told media about the September 10 date on August 29, giving 12 days warning. Even for a virtual event with a premade video, one that could end up being similar to how Apple presented the WWDC 2020 keynote, Apple may still err towards providing advanced warning of the upcoming iPhone launch. Apple is largely expected to reveal new four iPhone models during the event, consisting of two "iPhone 12" models and two "iPhone 12 Pro" versions. As well as differing by cameras, the Pro models are thought to reuse the iPad Pro's LiDAR sensor for depth mapping, with 5G connectivity also believed to be a major addition across the board for this generation. The event may also be the launch venue for the "Apple Watch Series 6," which this year may include a plastic version, Liquid Crystal Polymer (LCP) to improve wireless performance, and blood oxygenation monitoring. A new iPad model could be on the way, potentially in the form of the "iPad Air 4," which could borrow the design and second-generation Apple Pencil from the iPad Pro. The often-rumored "AirTags" may also make an appearance. Consisting of a Bluetooth and UWB-equipped tag, the "AirTags will potentially work with Apple's existing Find My app to help users locate lost items it is attached to.
Next iPad may look more like an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard support - AppleInsider
The next iPad may borrow some of the design and features from the iPad Pro lineup, with allegedly leaked design schematics including thinner bezels, sensors intended for Face ID, and supposed support for the Magic Keyboard.
The next iPad may borrow some of the design and features from the iPad Pro lineup, with allegedly leaked design schematics including thinner bezels, sensors intended for Face ID, and supposed support for the Magic Keyboard. Apple launched its seventh-generation iPad in September 2019, with it sporting a larger 10.2-inch Retina display and support for the full-size Smart Keyboard. In what could be an indicator for other products that may launch alongside the anticipated "iPhone 12" in September, schematics claiming to show the next iPad suggest it may gain another facelift. The images published by 91Mobiles depict an iPad with a 10.8-inch display, which is said to correlate with other rumors and speculation about the model. To match the larger screen, Apple will also take advantage of the design language of the iPad Pro to make the bezels slim. The change in bezel design would also mean the loss of Touch ID, as the images don't seem to show a Home button at all. Another leaker on Thursday claimed it would have Touch ID on the power button, though the schematics also propose the tablet will have the requisite sensors in the bezel to be able to use Face ID. The edges use the same flat design as the iPad Pro lineup rather than a more gradual curve. Towards the base are claimed to be a USB Type-C port for charging, four microphones, and dual speakers, though this last point could be Apple adding a second grille for design symmetry. On the back, instead of a camera bump, it will apparently have the same single-camera setup as previous models. There is also seemingly no sign of the LiDAR element found on the Pro models. There is also a claim that the back includes magnetic connectors, which the publication says would be for Magic Keyboard support. The report claims the schematics show an eighth-generation iPad, but other rumors have also suggested it could be an iPad Air 4. As the third-generation iPad Air launched in March 2019, it remains a possibility that the schematics show that model instead.
Apple's 'iPhone 12' and new iPads rumored to debut in October, 5G iPhone potentially delayed - AppleInsider
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser in a terse tweet on Wednesday said Apple's upcoming "iPhone 12" lineup and a slate of new iPads will debut in October, a timeline seemingly backed up by statements from Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala.
Prolific leaker Jon Prosser in a terse tweet on Wednesday said Apple's upcoming "iPhone 12" lineup and a slate of new iPads will debut in October, a timeline seemingly backed up by statements from Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala. Prosser's tweet, which reads, "iPhone 12 […] New iPads […] October," suggests Apple is planning to announce or launch a slate of next-generation handsets and tablets a month later than its typical September release window. While new iPhones are widely expected this fall, Apple is also rumored to be readying a 10.8-inch iPad Air and refreshed iPad mini models for sale. A similar timeline was revealed by Palkhiwala in an interview with Reuters. The executive on Wednesday alluded to a potential October launch for a 5G-capable iPhone. Commenting on the chipmaker's just-ended third fiscal quarter, Palkhiwala said Qualcomm anticipates lower revenue in the coming quarter due to the delay of a "flagship phone launch." Analysts believe that handset is iPhone. "We're seeing a partial impact rom the delay of a flagship phone launch," Palkhiwala said. "And so what we've seen is a slight delay that pushes some of the units out from the September quarter to the December quarter for us." Qualcomm will supply baseband chipsets for 5G iPhone as part of a modem licensing deal and settlement that ended a worldwide legal battle with Apple. The Qualcomm-powered devices will be the Cupertino tech giant's first foray into the 5G arena. Today's rumblings follow predictions from leaker "iHacktu Pro," who last week claimed Apple plans to hold its annual iPhone event in September. Along with new iPhone and "Apple Watch Series 6" models, the event is rumored to bring word of a refreshed iPad and resurrected AirPower wireless charging device. The leaker further forecast Apple to hold another gathering in October to announce its first Apple silicon Mac, a revamped iPad Pro and "Apple Glass."
Apple Silicon Mac mini dev kit looks like a desktop iPad Pro - AppleInsider
To support the Apple Silicon Macs shipping by the end of 2020, the company is sending developers a transition kit to help them prepare code to run on the new architecture. The new box effectively shoehorns an upgraded iPad Pro into a Mac mini box. Here's why.
To support the Apple Silicon Macs shipping by the end of 2020, the company is sending developers a transition kit to help them prepare code to run on the new architecture. The new box effectively shoehorns an upgraded iPad Pro into a Mac mini box. Here's why. It wasn't exactly a surprise that Apple announced plans to move its Mac lineup to its own custom silicon. The company dropped some clues about its plans at last year's WWDC, and we subsequently detailed why Apple's Macs can ditch Intel x86 and shift to ARM . A lot of us assumed, however, that Apple's latest SoCs used in iPhones and iPad Pro would need to be significantly overhauled to power even the most basic MacBooks, and that Apple's higher-end desktop Macs might stick with Intel processors entirely. Surely the benchmarks showing that Apple's A12Z is faster than most PC laptops was some sort of marketing delusion! However, the more we learn about Apple's existing SoCs, and the Apple Silicon effort as a whole, the more confidence we have that Apple is indeed beating Intel in many respects already. The idea that Apple's custom silicon can only handle "mobile" workloads is the same sort of disparaging presumption that fueled the dismissive notion that iPads were only "media consumption devices" and not "real" on some level. Now that Apple has completed the work to move macOS Big Sur and all of its own apps to run on Apple Silicon — effectively on an arm64 CPU, but with support for Apple GPU, the Neural Engine, and all of the other components built into its custom SoC — it's effectively possible to host the Mac desktop on an iPad. But there is a catch. iPad Pro crammed into a Mac mini case iPad is designed to be light and thin and sport all-day battery life. One of the things that contributes to this highly mobile efficiency in form and function is the ultra-conservative use of RAM in its iPadOS, which it inherited from iOS. The less RAM the system needs, the less RAM Apple can pack into the design. Fewer RAM chips on the device directly results in lower battery drain. We used to point this out and once got lots of flack about it, but even Microsoft came out and agreed that "more RAM" wasn't always a good thing, particularly on a mobile device. In fact, the reality of RAM power consumption was a primary reason why Apple made a series of "courageous" engineering decisions that resulted in iOS needing considerably less RAM than Android, Windows, or the Mac. The downside was that low RAM consumption also resulted in limitations to how many apps could run at once, or linger in the background, among other things. That's also why Apple never positioned iPad as being a "no compromise" full PC replacement. Real engineering demands decisive compromise. Apple radically optimized iOS for mobility and extended battery life, which involved decisions that were once controversial. Yet in hindsight, the ultra-conservative RAM use in iOS was absolutely the correct decision and it made it incredibly hard for Android or Windows licensees to match the performance and power efficiency of iPhones and iPads. Less was literally more. Some Macs are also light and thin and boast longer battery life, but even Apple's MacBook Air sets its lower RAM limit at 8GB, and really wants you to order 16GB. A Mac mini will also let you order 8GB, but it provides expansion slots that let you install 16GB, 32GB, or even 64GB. In contrast, Apple's fanciest 2020 iPad Pro ships with just 6GB or RAM, with no expansion option. Earlier iPads have shipped with 4GB or less. Apple's marketing pages for iPad make no comment on how much RAM they include. While iOS is desperately conservative with RAM, the macOS generally hogs up as much RAM as you can throw at it. Beyond exploiting the RAM chips you install, macOS also makes even more room available by liberally swapping out anything you don't immediately need in RAM to the virtual memory backing store on your storage device, then pages it back in as needed. iOS also has virtual memory, but no backing store. When the system runs short of RAM, it tells apps to free up space. If they don't do it fast enough, they're terminated. This is a radical difference in operation. Paging data from RAM to disk and back is energy-intensive and slows down the system. That makes sense on a conventional computer, but not on a mobile device. So while Apple has done the work to translate all of its macOS Big Sur to run on the Apple Silicon architecture of its iPads, that table hardware is not at all optimized to run macOS. The solution is pretty simple: add more RAM. Apple is shipping the developer transition kit with 16GB of RAM, which is comfortable for a Mac but would be devastating to the battery of an iPad. USB 3.2 type C is iPad Pro connectivity Apple also detailed that its developer transition kit provides USB 3 connectivity over USB-C, as well a legacy USB-A ports and HDMI. This looks a bit like a Mac mini, but its really iPad Pro connectivity. New Mac minis support Thunderbolt 3, which can drive up to four 4K DisplayPort screens and support devices such as RAID storage and eGPU expansion. Thunderbolt 3 is an Intel specification that effectively works like a PCIe slot in the form of a cable. Supporting Thunderbolt 3 connectivity requires an Intel controller chip. Most iOS devices only support USB 2, as well as support for a single 1080p HDMI video output, USB storage, and networking, all though Apple's proprietary Lightning port using a dongle or a special cable. The newest iPad Pro models sport a USB C port which can handle the faster USB 3 specification and up to 4K video output using a USB-C DisplayPort monitor— as long as the display doesn't also require Thunderbolt 3. This makes it pretty clear that the developer transition kit isn't a Mac mini outfitted with an Apple Silicon SoC, but rather an iPad Pro logic board hooked up to multiple USB ports, Ethernet, and HDMI for convenience. It sports the same Bluetooth 5.0 and 802.11ac WiFi, and can attach to an SSD for storage using USB-C. In various WWDC videos, Apple demonstrated what appears to be the developer transition kit driving a 6K Pro Display XDR. Of course, nobody would buy a 6K display and run it off an iPad Pro at 4K, because it would be ridiculously expensive and it wouldn't actually work, nor make any sense. But Apple could either be using a custom Apple Silicon Mac prototype or simply be using its fancy display either as a prop or hacked to support lower-resolution USB-C video output. Don't try this at home because it won't work. By the time Apple Silicon Macs begin shipping, controller chips for the new USB 4 specification may be ready. It effectively makes Thunderbolt 3 connectivity part of the USB specification and drops the need to have Intel's proprietary controller to support Thunderbolt 3 speeds. That means Apple could add USB 4 support to its upcoming SoCs, and move both Apple Silicon Macs and the rest of its iOS and iPad lineup from Lighting to USB-C ports, potentially all with Thunderbolt 3 speeds. Still a No to convergence Altogether, Apple's details at WWDC demonstrates how the company's Mac and iOS platforms can continue to cross-pollinate as they increasingly share more common code— including Catalyst apps that harmonize functionality cross-platform; more rich development tools— like Swift UI, which makes it easy to develop visually harmonious but platform-optimized apps; and of course more of the same common silicon. This doesn't mean that Apple's platforms are converging, however. The Mac remains optimized to work in a conventional computing desktop, driven largely by a keyboard and precise pointer rather than touch screens. There's no evidence that Apple is evaluating a shift to make its Mac displays into touchscreens, for example. That also indicates that Apple Pencil is not coming to the Mac anytime soon, nor will MacBook screens begin detaching to turn into an oddly shaped tablet, just because everyone else is trying that out. Apple has expanded the use cases of iPad Pro by adding new keyboard options and support for a new touchpad, point-driven integration with a touch-focused interface. But there's also a lot of Mac features that don't need to come to iPad, and would actually erode its value in terms of portability, simplicity, and power efficiency. The other significant takeaway is Apple's existing custom silicon has been purposely optimized for iOS and iPadOS, so we don't yet have a full understanding of how well the current A12Z will perform when its given significantly more memory and totally different OS tuned to do very different work, without the need to conserve battery power as stridently. It certainly appears that without the constraints of the iPad Pro, Apple Silicon is already more powerful than we expected it to be. That's particularly true because iOS is also highly optimized for single-core performance— specifically to deliver a responsive UI— despite the eight CPU cores available on the existing A12Z. Inside a desktop box that's plugged in, macOS has the ability to crank on all four performance cores at once and drive them at full speed. It could potentially even light up all eight, with advanced thread management that prioritizes scheduling to deliver a wildly fast user interface while you're using it, or full power number-crunching when you're waiting for a processor-intensive task to complete, with lower priority tasks occurring on the efficiency cores in the background. And beyond the developer transition kit, the first Apple Silicon Macs to hit the market could deliver even greater gains as they move to the next generation of SoCs benefitting from additional optimizations to specifically support the needs of macOS. It's even possible that some Mac models will incorporate multiple SoCs to maximize available cores and deliver more powerful graphics. Apple's Mac Pro already pairs two AMD GPUs along similar lines. Apple's future Intel Macs may also shift from the existing T2 helper chip to incorporating a full Apple SoC to provide them with access to resources including the Apple GPU, Neural Engine, and other features. It might even be cheaper to mass-produce a single high-performance SoC in massive quantities rather than designing a series of custom chips that are each only used in a few million Macs. There's a lot left to discover, but things sure are getting interesting.
Rosetta lacks support for x86 machine virtualization apps, Boot Camp not an option on Apple silicon - AppleInsider
Mac users who rely on Windows virtualization software might be left in the lurch when Apple transitions to its own custom ARM processors later this year, as the company's Rosetta Intel-to-ARM translator does not support virtual machine apps.
Mac users who rely on Windows virtualization software might be left in the lurch when Apple transitions to its own custom ARM processors later this year, as the company's Rosetta Intel-to-ARM translator does not support virtual machine apps. Apple outlined Rosetta's — technically Rosetta 2's — limitations in a developer document posted to its website this week, noting that while it can translate "most" Intel-based apps, it is unable to do the same for virtual machine apps that virtualize x86_64 computer platforms. Popular x86_64 virtualization apps include products from Parallels and VMWare that virtualize Windows environments. Rosetta is also unable to translate kernel extensions. Unveiled during Monday's WWDC keynote, Rosetta is a key feature that will help Apple and developers transition from Intel-based Macs to hardware running ARM-based chips. The software layer translates apps that contain x86_64 instructions for Apple silicon, which uses an arm64 instruction set. Rolling out the feature now gives developers time to create a universal binary for their apps, but as Apple notes, Rosetta can run slow and is not a substitute for native apps. In addition to Rosetta's x86 restrictions, Boot Camp will no longer be available for use on Macs powered by Apple silicon. For now, the macOS utility that enabled booting of both Windows and Mac operating systems, will remain in macOS Big Sur as an Intel-only feature. ARM Macs will not be able to access the feature and the company has not announced a replacement. The transition to Apple silicon is expected to take about two years. Whether virtualization companies are working on a solution for ARM chips remains unknown, though VMWare on Tuesday said a Big Sur-compatible "tech preview" of Fusion will arrive in July. Apple this week opened the Universal App Quick Start Program to get Developer Transition Kits in developer hands. The kits, which include a Mac mini running an A12Z Bionic SoC, will allow developers to build and test their wares prior to the release of the first ARM Macs later this year.
Apple's iPhone XR falls to $376 after rebate, no contract needed - AppleInsider
Shoppers this week can snap up Apple's iPhone XR for $576, plus a free $200 prepaid Mastercard via rebate. Free next day shipping is also included, putting the iPhone XR in your hands quickly.
Killer Deals AppleInsider proudly offers readers some of the best deals on Apple products year round from top retailers like Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo, Best Buy, and others. Quiller Media maintains affiliate partnerships with several of these retailers. Although these partnerships do not influence our editorial content, Quiller Media may earn commissions for products purchased via affiliate links. Shoppers this week can snap up Apple's iPhone XR for $576, plus a free $200 prepaid Mastercard via rebate. Free next day shipping is also included, putting the iPhone XR in your hands quickly. iPhone XR now $376 after rebate Verizon-owned Visible is offering shoppers a special deal on Apple's iPhone XR, with the 64GB model on sale for $576. But to further add to the savings, new customers can receive a $200 Prepaid Mastercard Virtual Account after making two service payments. Details concerning the free gift card can be found here. Visible is also throwing in free next day shipping, so you won't have to wait long to get your new device. You'll also get a free Speck case with purchase, port and activation. According to Visible, these Apple iPhone XR devices are carrier unlocked, with no annual contracts and no hidden fees. It's unclear exactly how long this deal will last, but Visible's iPhone promotions have sold out in the past. iPhone XR specs
- 6.1-inch (diagonal) all-screen LCD Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
- A12 Bionic chip
- 12MP Wide camera
- 7MP TrueDepth camera
- Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology
Rumor: 'iPhone 12' to integrate Lightning instead of USB-C, port-less iPhone coming in 2021 - AppleInsider
A reliable leaker on Monday claimed the upcoming "iPhone 12" will retain Apple's Lightning connector over a USB-C option, adding that next year's flagship is expected to boast a Smart Connector with no ports at all.
A reliable leaker on Monday claimed the upcoming "iPhone 12" will retain Apple's Lightning connector over a USB-C option, adding that next year's flagship is expected to boast a Smart Connector with no ports at all. Though some speculate Apple to make the move to USB-C, the proprietary Lightning port will be a part of iPhone for at least another year, according to Twitter user @choco_bit. The statement corroborates leaker Jon Prosser's previous comments about the "iPhone 12" port. Today's tweet also mentions the 2021 iPhone, possibly called the "iPhone 13," which hasn't seen much in the way of rumors. Shame the USB-c prototype iPhone 12's arent making it to production. 1 more year of lightning Oh well, at least smart connector on 13 series — Fudge (@choco_bit) May 25, 2020 The idea of an iPhone with a Smart Connector isn't new either, with identical rumors surfacing prior to the launch of iPhone 8. Choco_bit goes on to clarify in a reply that the "13 series" will in fact be port-less, which is another sentiment shared by Prosser and other insiders. The Twitter user shared "iPhone 12" leaks before, including claims of a the three-camera system with LiDAR expected on pro models, smaller notch and widgets on the home screen. We won't be able to confirm the validity of the leaks until Apple announces the new iPhones in September or October.
How to make AirPods and AirPods Pro louder - AppleInsider
Whether it's simply because you want to turn the volume up a bit, or it's because there's a sound level fault on your AirPods, or AirPods Pro, here's how to make them as loud as you need.
Whether it's simply because you want to turn the volume up a bit, or it's because there's a sound level fault on your AirPods, or AirPods Pro, here's how to make them as loud as you need.Do be sure that you want to make your AirPods louder before you start. Ears are delicate and it is very easy to damage your hearing. If the problem is that you're working from home, and the neighbours have just discovered radio, don't turn your volume up too high. For one thing, you're using AirPods, and they're using loudspeakers, you're not going to win in a volume fight. More importantly, you might drown out their noise, at the cost of damaging your hearing. If this is what you're facing, look for AirPods Pro instead because of their noise cancelling. You can do better, you can get greater noise cancelling, but the addition of this feature to AirPods Pro is good enough reason to upgrade to them. Otherwise, whether you're on AirPods Pro or regular AirPods, there are two different issues that need you to change the volume. One is when you simply want it to sound a bit louder, and the other is when there is a fault. How to simply turn up the volume on AirPods The overall volume for your AirPods is controlled by whichever device is producing the audio. So if you're playing music or podcasts on your iPhone, altering the volume on that phone changes it on the AirPods. There is one exception, which is when AirPlay is in the mix. If you are streaming video from your iPhone to an Apple TV, then altering the volume on the phone has no effect. You have to alter it on the Apple TV instead. It's particularly easy to forget this when you use Siri to change the volume. When you invoke Siri on your AirPods and ask it to turn up the volume, it will do so —but it's really just relaying the instruction to the originating device. Siri can also ask that device how loud the music is. Say, "Hey, Siri, how loud is this?" and it will reply with a figure that's a percentage of the maximum volume possible. You can also say, "Hey, Siri, turn the volume down to 50%," or just "Hey, Siri, turn the volume down." How your iPhone may be deliberately keeping the volume low When your battery is low, your iPhone may elect to reduce the maximum volume. This is a feature of Low Power Mode, but it's a combination of that and your actually having a low battery. So if you have a well-charged battery and tap on Low Power Mode from within Control Center, you'll probably not hear any difference —or see any in the volume indicator. However, if you trigger Low Power Mode through actually running the battery down, then volume can be affected. There is potential issue to do with accessibility which may make one AirPod quieter than the other.
- On your iPhone, go to Settings
- Choose Accessibility
- Scroll to the Hearing section
- Tap on Audio/Visual
- Check the Balance setting
- On your iPhone, go to Settings
- Scroll to Music and tap
- Choose Volume Limit
- See if EU Volume Limit is toggled On
- With the AirPods in your ear, play some music on your iPhone
- Turn down the volume to zero
- Go to Settings, Bluetooth, and find your AirPods in the list
- Tap on the i next to Connected
- Tap Disconnect
- Play the music through your iPhone's own speakers
- Turn the volume down to zero again
- Reconnect your AirPods
- Try turning the volume up on your iPhone
- Turn your iPhone off
- Turn it on again
- With the AirPods out of their case, choose Settings on your iPhone
- Choose Bluetooth
- Find the AirPods in the list of devices
- Tap on the i next to Connected
- Tap Forget this Device
- Confirm you want to do this
- Put AirPods back in their charging case
- Close and then reopen the lid
- Press and hold on the back button until the front light blinks
- Hold the AirPods near your iPhone